Football is as popular as ever, despite new research on injuries. As homecoming season approaches, here are some common injuries parents should know about, and some ways you can protect your teen.
- Concussions. Due to the frequency with which football players collide, concussions are a common football injury. Know the signs of a concussion – not everyone will lose consciousness. Headache, nausea, drowsiness, and blurred vision should set off alarm bells. The player should be monitored by a doctor and should avoid returning to play until medically cleared.
- Knee injuries. These are some of the most common injuries in football, particularly tears to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or meniscus. Injuries like these can require surgery and potentially end a player’s season or career. Strength training can help, but sometimes these types of injuries are difficult to prevent given the nature of football.
- Shoulder injuries. Offensive and defensive linemen especially can be susceptible to shoulder injuries. Always be sure your player is wearing proper protective gear and using proper technique during play.
- Back pain. Lower back pain or just back pain in general can result from overuse. If your teen is complaining of back pain, he likely needs to take a break from training to allow his body time to recover.
- Patellar tendinitis. This form of knee pain is another type of overuse injury that’s common in football players. Strength training that targets the quadriceps can help treat it.
- Heat injuries. Especially as training season starts in late summer, players can become overheated. Make sure your child takes breaks when he gets too hot and gets plenty of water during practice and games.
For more information on the dangers of football, see our post on Heads Up Football.
Concussions can be confusing and scary, particularly if there’s a debate over who’s liable. Contact our D.C. brain injury attorneys for a free consultation about your options.